Sales volumes in bars fell by 5.1% in October compared to the same month in 2017 while values were down 3.4%.
October’s Bar sales volumes were also down on the previous month, September, by 4.6% while values showed a decrease of 4.0%.
Final figures for September show Bar sales volumes up 0.2% on September 2017 with Bar sales values up 2.1%.
Compared to August this year, September’s Bar sales volumes were up 1.0% with values up 0.6%.
Across the three-month period August to October, Bar sales volumes showed a decline of 1.5% when compared to the same period in 2017 while Bar sales values increased 0.2%.
Comparing the August to October quarter with the previous quarter, May to July, Bar sales volumes were down 1.4% while values were up 0.7%.
October’s seasonally adjusted provisional retail sales generally showed growth of 5.8% compared to October 2017 while values grew 5.3%.